Bollywood's renowned music composer duo Jatin-Lalit on Tuesday said that the skeletal remains that police have discovered near the Palm Beach area in Navi Mumbai belong to their sister Sandhya Singh.
Singh, 50, had gone missing since Dec 13, 2012, from her residence in NRI Colony at Seawoods, Nerul, Navi Mumbai. Singh is also the sister of yesteryear Bollywood actresses Sulakshana Pandit and Vijeta Pandit.
The family of the deceased has identified the skeleton on the basis of the clothes and adornments discovered with it.
"We have identified the earrings, hair clips and the saree recovered from the spot. My sister was wearing those when she left to go to bank around one-and-a-half months ago. Now, we don't have any doubt that it's her body," Lalit Pundit, Singh's younger brother, told DNA.
Jaiprakash, her husband, is an Indore-based Customs and Central Excise Commissioner. He had filed the missing complaint with Mumbai police and also announced a reward of ₹50,000, IANS reported.
"My son Raghuveer...told me that the...'mahakal' (religious thread) and dental cap found on the remains indicated that they were of Sandhya," Jaiprakash told PTI.
Police are waiting for DNA test reports to confirm the identity of the skeletal remains.
"Though the family members have identified the items, we can't come to a conclusion based on that. We have sent some bones for DNA tests to the forensic lab in Kalina and are waiting for the reports," inspector Shivaji Gavit of NRI police station told DNA.
The remains were noticed by Michael John Oates who is an avid bird watcher and geologist in Britain. On Sunday he took pictures of the skull and informed the police.